At 6:00pm on Saturday the 12th of August, I said goodbye to social media… well for 24 hours anyway. I realised that I spend far too much time endlessly scrolling through Facebook, liking pictures on Instagram, retweeting on twitter and tagging friends in (hilarious) memes. So I thought I’d do a little experiment…
24 hours with absolutely no social media. Nothing. Completely cold turkey. No allowances. For a whole 24 hours I wasn’t allowed to check anything. The only thing I allowed myself was Youtube… I couldn’t miss out on all the Sunday uploads.
Let me tell you, It was pretty tough. I get it, social media isn’t everything but it’s a part of life now. Everyone is on it and if you’re not, you’re either weird or old. But I started to realise that It had just taken over my life. Whenever I was free or unoccupied, I filled that time with scrolling. I wanted to know what it was like to not have my phone surgically attached to my hip at all times & be more ‘In the Moment‘.
// So here’s how it went \\
Hour 1 – Was weird. I sort of felt a little lost. I kept wanting to reach for my phone. This was the adjustment period.
Hour 2-14 – I head out with Kate to take her dog for a walk and grab dinner. After that I came home, got ready for bed and slept. Laying in bed was strange. Usually I scroll through social media before heading to bed, so not being able to do that was… odd.
Hour 15 – By this point, it’s first thing in the morning and I’m fully ready to wake up and scroll through all my feeds. But no, I resist and instead watch some Youtube videos before getting out of bed, get ready and head out early. Allowing myself no time to get bored and resist the temptation.
Hour 16-20 – I spent the morning out with the family, grabbed breakfast and head to the beach for a walk. It was incredible weather, so I was distracted by all the goings on and getting my ‘tan on‘. I then went home & instead of sitting in the garden enjoying the weather, I sat and watched The Girl On The Train… Again, a good distraction.
Hour 21-23 – Once the film had finished, I again got the temptation to pick up my phone. However, by this point I was actually enjoying the fact I was well and truly disconnected. I had no way of knowing what was going on, I didn’t have any update and I wasn’t lost in someone’s Twitter feed. By this point, I was actually enjoying it.
The Final Hour – By this point, It was all already done. I’m sad enough to admit, but I was actually looking forward to opening my Instagram feed & catching up on everyone’s stories. However, by this point I was feeling victorious and proud that I had managed to keep to it & not give in.
// What I Learnt \\
I rely far too much on social media – Whether it’s a boredom fix or just habit, I’ve become far too attached to social media.
It’s great to disconnect – I’m going to try and do this once a month. The disconnection is healthy.
There are better things going on – Yes, the world doesn’t revolve around someone’s food shot on Instagram or someone’s hilarious gif on Twitter.
I love social media – Although I’ve enjoyed the experiment and yes, I’m going to try and spend less time on it, the truth is, I love social media. It’s a great form of communication and actually, I don’t think many people (including myself) could survive without it.
So the experiment, was it worth it? Yes. Would I do it again? Yes. Could I do it for longer than 24 hours? Absolutely fu**ing not!
| Harrison |